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Best 'One lens' for wildlife?

 
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Jan 28, 2013 22:34 |  #106

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Jan 28, 2013 23:18 |  #107

Another vote for the 100-400 here. As mentioned earlier in the thread, here's a short, sample gallery of consistent results that I can pull out of the ole "dust pump":
http://www.flickr.com …39160776/with/6​753575569/ (external link)

You get decent AF performance (probably not going to catch Swallows in flight or anything) while giving you the flexibility of the zoom , in case the critters wind up moving toward/away from you while you're shooting, a significantly more forgiving MFD and IS. Plus, it's moderately more affordable than something like the 100-300 f/2.8.

IMO, it's pretty much the last stop before jumping into the "big guns" and spending as much as you would for a small car.


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Jan 29, 2013 08:19 |  #108

I suspect that there really is no single-lens solution. A lot of the time there is too little light so that aperture is important. The 100-400 is an excellent lens but it's a bit slow for early morning photo's... and that's when you want to be out looking for animals. As others have commented the 200-400 would be ideal (but it will probably cost more than my car did.)

I find the 400/4DO mounted on a 1D4 works really well... except that half the time I'm too close. This frames a bit like the 500/4 on a full frame camera. I don't like changing lenses in the field (dust), so my second camera (ff) carries a 70-200, usually with a 1.4x tc. If necessary, I'll crop appropriately.


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Jan 29, 2013 09:39 |  #109

500mm f4 IS was my best lens from 300mm f2.8 IS, 400mm f5.6 and 100-400L. I could easily HH it and it still worked for the BIF shots. And it gave me very nice 700mm which 400mm zoom/prime couldn't do.


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Jan 29, 2013 10:07 |  #110

Snydremark wrote in post #15546522 (external link)
Another vote for the 100-400 here. As mentioned earlier in the thread, here's a short, sample gallery of consistent results that I can pull out of the ole "dust pump":
http://www.flickr.com …39160776/with/6​753575569/ (external link)

Just looking at your 100-400 set (nice photos btw), I see the snowy owl shot settings as 800mm at 5.6... is that with a 2x TC?


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Jan 29, 2013 10:43 |  #111

Sigma 120-300/2.8-OS + Sigma 1.4xTC


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Jan 29, 2013 11:10 |  #112

jroovs wrote in post #15547853 (external link)
Just looking at your 100-400 set (nice photos btw), I see the snowy owl shot settings as 800mm at 5.6... is that with a 2x TC?

But that would give him 800mm at f11, not 5.6
And if the pins were taped, it would have reported 400mm, not 800.

Hmmmm . . . perhaps that shot was taken with some other lens, like a 400 f2.8 with a 2x, or the 800mm f5.6?


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Jan 29, 2013 11:21 |  #113

jroovs wrote in post #15547853 (external link)
Just looking at your 100-400 set (nice photos btw), I see the snowy owl shot settings as 800mm at 5.6... is that with a 2x TC?

Aww, hell. I'll go pull that one out of there. No, that was the ONE shot from that shoot that someone let me try the 800mm f/5.6 on for size :p Thanks for the catch!


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Jan 29, 2013 11:36 |  #114

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15548058 (external link)
But that would give him 800mm at f11, not 5.6
And if the pins were taped, it would have reported 400mm, not 800.

Hmmmm . . . perhaps that shot was taken with some other lens, like a 400 f2.8 with a 2x, or the 800mm f5.6?

That is what I was wondering

Snydremark wrote in post #15548105 (external link)
Aww, hell. I'll go pull that one out of there. No, that was the ONE shot from that shoot that someone let me try the 800mm f/5.6 on for size :p Thanks for the catch!

No worries... deep down I was hoping it was a 400 with TC, too good to be true I guess! 800 mm, that is some serious length... we can dream, maybe one day!

Either way, nice photos Snydremark.


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Jan 29, 2013 14:36 |  #115

jroovs wrote in post #15548167 (external link)
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No worries... deep down I was hoping it was a 400 with TC, too good to be true I guess! 800 mm, that is some serious length... we can dream, maybe one day!

Either way, nice photos Snydremark.

Thanks! :)

I swapped that one out for one that was ACTUALLY taken with the 100-400 :p


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Jan 29, 2013 15:14 |  #116

My vote goes for the 100-400L, or the Sigma 120-300 2.8 OS. The former is a lot more portable though, the latter is better IQ, and takes teleconverters well. Essentially you have a 120-600mm lens. Better stabilization too than the Canon. But I still miss my 100-400L quite often for its "walkaroundability" (cool new word :) )


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